The Persecution of Jaelene Hinkle


  • Sean Benson University of Dubuque


Hinkle, Jaelene, sexual orientation and Christian understandings of, homosexuality, women’s soccer, homophobia


This essay argues that Jaelene Hinkle, a professional soccer player, was discriminated against by the United States Women’s National Team when it required players to wear team jerseys in support of Gay Pride month in June of 2017. Adding insult to injury, numerous sports journalists now routinely describe Hinkle as a homophobe despite the fact that her principled decision not to wear the jersey was based on historic Christian teachings concerning human sexuality. Ms. Hinkle’s public statements express both respect and love for all persons irrespective of their sexual orientation, and thus depictions of her character have been manifestly unjust.